Eduardo Paredes, Right-Handed Pitcher
HT : 6'1
WT : 180
DOB : March 6, 1995 (21), Valera, Venezuela
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : N/A
Acquired : Signed by Carlos Ramirez as International Free Agent, March 12, 2012
Last Year's Ranking : #45
It's a wonder how people haven't heard of Eduardo Paredes by now. The Los Angeles Angels have themselves a gem that's hidden well in their farm system, like a diamond in the rough. This young prospect comes in as a flame thrower, with pin point precision. How can you not enjoy that?
Paredes may have two of the most potent weapons in the Angels system in a pair of mid to high 90's fastballs with diverse movements. The better of the pair is his four-seam with a cutting motion, that runs 93-97 on most nights, tapping upwards of 99 MPH according to reports. Despite being the lesser of the pairing, Paredes has a two-seam that comes in as one of the better in the organization, sitting 91-95 with strong sinking action.
There's a lot of fine tuning to be done with Paredes' off-speed offering. It comes in with a slurve like motion, but is registered as a curveball. It has some downer action, but comes in a bit fringe. It currently does have swing-and-miss abilities to it against minor league talent, and with development, could become a nice weapon against big league hitters as something different from a fastball pairing.
Paredes has never had trouble finding the zone, and it's thanks to his clean delivery. Paredes tosses from a low and deceptive 3/4 arm slot, and uses his entire frame through his mechanics, driving with his lower half to pick up velocity. As he fills out - which he's beginning to - he may add a few ticks to his fastball.
Paredes is incredibly aggressive, wasting no time on the mound or between pitches. Though he needs more polish, he could turn into a perfect relief pitcher who goes right at batters with high speed. The refinement of his off-speed and ability to maintain effort will be key for his future success.
The biggest knock on Paredes is his scenario knowledge. In games where he was in place for a save opportunity, he held bats to a .184 average and allowed five and a half base runners per nine. In non-save opportunities, that jumped to nearly 16 per nine. Scenario and mentality will also be a large key to success for the young reliever.
Scouting Report from Taylor Blake Ward - Senior Publisher for Scout.com
As a teenager, Paredes spent a pair of years with the Angels Dominican affiliate, where he pitched his way to a 5-4 record, 2.05 ERA and 1.140 WHIP. Most impressive was Paredes in his first year as a 17-year-old where he held a 1.56 ERA, while holding bats to a .206 average and .521 OPS.
More impressive than his time in the foreign league, Paredes was the best statistical Angels prospect in years once coming stateside. With Rookie Orem, Paredes posted a 1.33 ERA, 0.787 WHIP with seven saves and a 13.7 K/9 rate. Paredes had 17 of his 19 outings go scoreless, and held bats to a .114 average and .392 OPS.
Last season went very much the same for Paredes, as he began the year in Low-A, and held a 1.71 ERA, 0.929 WHIP, 12.6 K/9, 1.7 BB/9 and 19 saves in 37 games. He ended the season in High-A where his numbers began to fall, seeing a 4.72 ERA, but while still holding a 1.125 WHIP. When all was said and done for the entire season, Paredes held bats to a .217/.260/.315 slash in 220 plate appearances against.
Paredes has dominated every level of the minors he's pitched in... that was until last season when he met competition up to par to his talents, High-A. He didn't fair poorly, but was definitely on par with the hitters he was facing, which would give the idea he'd return to the Cal League next season.
Obviously there's refinement to be done with Paredes, but the ceiling is so high on any pitcher who can command a pair of mid to high 90's fastball, there's no telling what will happen with Paredes. It's likely the Angels will continue to push him at a proper pace and he turns into a setup man or closer of the future for the Angels by 2018 or 2019.
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This article was published by Taylor Blake Ward, who serves as a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.